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What is your name and where are you from? Introduce yourself!

F: Hello everyone, my name is Fifi also known as Blackbeauty kween. I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I now reside in London, United Kingdom.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!

F: I transitioned to natural for 12 months and I’m super excited because next month February 2015 is my 6 year nappiversary (6 years natural- relaxer free)!  It’s definitely been one of the most incredible and liberating things I’ve ever done in my life ????.

I decided to transition to natural in 2009 when I was pregnant. Keeping away from harsh chemicals to protect my unborn baby just seemed like a sensible thing to do, but I must admit I was a little unhappy with the thought of not relaxing my hair for the entire 9 months( I looked a hot mess most of the time- big sigh!). After a few frustrations during my transitioning stage, I did some research online on how to grow and care for natural hair- at this point of my journey my focus was mainly to gain knowledge for healthy hair while looking pretty too. I didn’t think my hair could grow long at the time,  so I didn’t even attempt to think about my hair being long and bouncy like the ladies on YouTube. But to my surprise, the more I cared/ nurtured for my hair the more it grew. I was amazed – and I still am????

How would you describe your texture?
F: I am not really keen on “hair typing” but if I have to describe my texture,  I would say my hair texture is predominately 4b. My hair is quite kinky with very little curl definition — I know my strands look coarse, but they are actually fine. My hair is highly dense ( I have a lot of hair- enough to supply my entire village. LOL)

Give us an updated styling regimen sharing how you style your hair over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions. How has your styling changed since your last feature?

F: My styling regimen is still the same, I love keeping my hair care regimen very simple because it’s less time consuming and my hair thrives when left alone. I mostly style my hair in a twist out or braid out then re-style after 2-3 days and then twist it up again to stretch the hair. At this point I  leave my hair in twists for a week, and once the twists look old and tired, I unravel them and wear my hair in a bun till wash day.

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What does wash day look like for you? How has wash day changed since we last featured you?
F: Wash day!!! Hahahahaha, my washing routine has changed drastically since my last feature. Now that my hair is waist length, I wash it once a month and I don’t spend long hours in the shower to wash my hair( ain’t nobody got time for that!) — it takes me two hours max!

I start off by applying organic coconut oil to my entire hair the night before wash day. The following day I section my hair into six equal parts and apply L’oreal Elvive Full Restore Conditioner (used as a deep conditioner) and cover my hair with a shower cap/ plastic bag for an hour or so. Once done with deep conditioning, I rinse it out with warm water and add more conditioner to each section to detangle my hair under running water in the shower. I use my fingers first to detangle and follow up with a wide tooth comb. Once done with co-washing, detangling and twisting,  I do a final rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted with cool water( 480ml water mixed with one tablespoon apple cider vinegar) focused on my scalp and hair. I allow my hair to air dry in twists, and once my hair is 90% dry I unravel one twist at a time and apply Tresseme Naturals Conditioner (used as my leave in) and I seal with my very own BBK Buttercream( used as a styler/sealant) and twist it up again to fully dry overnight and stretch.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.

F: I never have time to style hence why I absolutely love wearing twist outs and braid outs, either hanging loose or tied back with a banana clip or even a simple high/low/side bun. In my opinion, these styles are fun, classy and stylish and can be worn in any occasion.

How do you combat shrinkage?

F: I absolutely have no issues with shrinkage. I do not experience much shrinkage, my curls aren’t tight so that helps a lot. Also, my hair is longer now so shrinkage is not a problem. I hardly see my hair in it’s shrunken state because I twist my hair immediately after every wash to stretch it out for more length and less tangles.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?

F: The crown, the edges and roots- these areas get extremely dry. When I experience any breakage it’s usually from these problem areas, so I always make sure I thoroughly and regularly moisturize and apply less pressure on these areas.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?

F: Hmmmmmm, moisturizing! I have very dry hair, so the more moisture my hair receives the more manageable it becomes and it breaks less too. I absolutely love silicone free conditioners, my hair can’t survive without it. Also keeping my hair stretched is a MUST, my hair tangles very easily so keeping it stretched keeps tangles to a minimum.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?

F: Wash n go’s are a massive NO! My hair would laugh at me- it tangles like crazy once it’s completely dry when loose. I avoid products that contain silicones, mineral oil, petroleum and lanolin because my hair doesn’t respond well to those ingredients — my hair becomes dry, brittle and crunchy.

What has been your secret to maintaining healthy hair in the time since our last feature? Any major game-changers?

F: My secret to maintaining healthy hair is my simple hair care routine, consistency and techniques I use like:
1) Low manipulation- I leave my hair alone as much as possible.
2) Moisturizing regularly, thoroughly, sealing and being very gentle.
3) Embracing my thick kinky hair.
4) I try my best to eat well and drink a lot of water.
5) Patience!

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
F:Yes. I have a Facebook hair page called BBK super natural and you can also find me on Instagram @bbksupernatural

 

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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29 Comments on "Fifi from London // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon (Update)"

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S. Williams

I’m just now coming here and I’m wondering the same thing LOL she did say her strands are fine even though her hair is dense so I’m sure that helps. My strands are coarse and my hair is quite dense so that’s a no for me lol

tiyang44

Your hair is gorgeous

LiLi

Anyone else curious as to how all that greatness fit into a banana clip

Taqwa

Wow ???? Beautiful!

Dee

Hair crush ????????

Eva S

I let out an audible gasp…This s especially amazing as she began without thinking her hair could grow long…

J9ssica

that hair,*drools*

Awa

There are no words. You have now become my hair envy/hair cousin/ i’m obsessed.

VaVaVoom

This has been a huge *pop* momnet as i realised how much i need to take care of my natural hair

how do you type your hair????

Excited Woman

😀 this is sooo coool! So nice to see someone with this texture and specially “thickness/density” get to this length. My hair is similar but have plateaued at bsl as thought it wouldn’t be possible to go further with my dryness and thickness. But feeling very inspired to try and persist to waist length! 😀

jjac401

If this post doesn’t inspire a person to go natural then I don’t know what will! IJS!

You and your hair is gorgeous and amazingly beautiful!

Youngin girl

5, 6, and 9 photos are pretty. I like the versality. You go girl.

GuestyGuest

Your hair is BEAUTIFUL.

brlbeleza

Fifi! Your hair is, in a word, magnificent! I hope that I have half that volume of hair. It’s glorious. 😀

Ms. Vee

Gorgeous hair! Im absolutely loving the styles.

Rose

Amazing feature. Your hair is so beautiful. I can’t wait to get that length. I am about APL now, and I already feel like long 4b/4c hair is easier to style than shorter hair. I can’t wait until I can put in my 8 or so chunky braids/twists and have an amazing twist out only a few hours later. For now, I have to put about 20 twists, but I love my natural hair so much! I have no clue how you get away with washing once a month. Do you workout or sweat at all??

roo08

These pictures and the fact you only spend 2 hours on washday. W.I.N.
Beautiful!!!

SB

Lawd have mercy, your hair is awesome!

LoveIt

Wow you have so beautiful hair. I love it 🙂

HisMercy

currently 14 months post…relaxer is seeming really good right now, but I think I’ll keep going! THANK YOu for the inspo! Beautiful hair!!!

Gracie

Fifi you are giving me all kinds of LIFE and HOPE! 4B waist length hair! A once-a-month, 2-hours-max wash day! Styles that are simple and gorgeous! Super useful and detailed info! Yes yes yes yes and yes. I have been natural for 5 years and am very happy with my hair – but I was just wondering what I am going to do when I begin teacher training this year and have to look presentable with little time for hair nonsense. You madam have shown me the way. Thank you BGLH for a great feature.

Nana

Wow, thats some nice hair gal. ofilwe tota!

Alicia

Love it! I have 4A around the edges of my hair and 4B right at the crown of my hair. I call it my fun area because of all the crazy zigg zags and poofy texture I get from it. It’s the best part of my fro and the cowlicks I get from it are amazing and cute. Love your hair texture. If all of my hair was 4B that would be amazing.

JazzWife

Really beautiful

cryssi

I knew her face and name looked familiar. Love the styles.

poprocks

wow… just wow

kia

I really like 4b hair. I wish I had tighter curls.

Leelee

Wow her hair is gorgeous!!!!

neesh

gorg!

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